Best Wireless Earbuds headphones under £100 of 2022

True Wireless headphones are more popular than ever, and for good reason: they are very practical and offer very good performance even at the entry level. 

Best Wireless Earbuds headphones under £100 of 2022

That's why we've put together a list of the best models under £100, carefully selected from our tests.

Best Wireless Earbuds headphones of 2022

Update 03/08/2022 - The rankings are changing quite a bit in August 2022. The Jabra Elite 75t are no longer available, so they are out of the ranking, while the Nothing Ear (1) have dropped slightly in price but enough to climb to the top of the podium ahead of the Anker Liberty Air 2 Pro. Finally, if you are looking for advice on how to choose your earbuds headphones, you can as usual go to the end of this article where you will find our dedicated FAQ.

1. Nothing Ear (1), the best True Wireless headphones for under £100

Nothing Ear (1)

The young Nothing company created by Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, is making a great entry into the True Wireless market with its Ear (1). Beyond their stylish design with transparent parts revealing certain components, these earphones offer very good performance, excellent comfort and a range of features usually found on more expensive models, such as effective active noise reduction, Qi wireless charging and full touch controls. 

The sound is not to be outdone: despite being a little aggressive at times, it's still satisfying and the fairly balanced audio signature is good for us in a world dominated by overblown bass. On the other hand, the headphones lack multi-touch, their latency level is a bit high (without preventing video playback) and their autonomy is disappointing. You'll have to make do with 4 hours in the earbuds  headphones. Fortunately, the case will allow you to recharge them 4 to 5 times.

2. Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro, the best for bass lovers

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro

After the Soundcore Liberty Air 1 and 2, which offer an excellent quality/price ratio, the Liberty Air 2 Pro takes things up a notch, with good quality active noise reduction for a very competitive price. For the price, the sound is really good, the earphones have a powerful Bluetooth 5 connection (but without multipoint) and a very good autonomy of 6 hours, plus 15 in the Qi compatible case (wireless charging). As a bonus, the headphones are water resistant (IPX4). But in order to use them, the earphones must be suitable for your body type. That's the major flaw of this model. Despite this, and thanks to their technical specifications, which are usually found on more expensive models, these earbuds  headphones offer, in our opinion, one of the best quality/price ratios on the market in their category.

3. Jabra Elite 3, the cheapest True Wireless headphones

Jabra Elite 3

Jabra's first Wireless earbuds  headphones launched under the £100 mark, the Elite 3 once again demonstrate the Danish manufacturer's mastery of this market segment where it is a pioneer. Although they lack Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and multi-touch, and their application has been stripped of a number of functions, these headphones offer excellent value for money. 

Their audio quality carried by the high-quality Qualcomm aptX codec is very satisfying, their Bluetooth 5.2 connection is reliable and allows you to use any of the earbuds  headphones independently, their physical controls are simple and effective, and their satisfactory battery life reaches 6.5 hours on a charge plus 25 hours thanks to the case. For the asking price, Jabra offers very good performances.

For a few years now, True Wireless earbuds  headphones, i.e. totally wireless, have been on the rise. The market has grown from a few models not so long ago to dozens of different models. Currently, this segment is still largely dominated by Apple and its AirPods. 

However, these headphones are expensive and far from being the best. But as the market has exploded, many cheaper alternatives have emerged, so that you can now find very good products for a much more reasonable sum.

When buying True Wireless earbuds  headphones, there are a number of questions to ask. Starting with the size of the earbuds: some people prefer in-ear earbuds, while others can't stand them. You also need to look at the wireless connection, not just the Bluetooth standard of the source > headset link but also the technology used to connect the two earbuds together. And that's not all, the sound of course, but also the waterproofing (or not) of the headphones against rain or perspiration if you want to play sports, the autonomy and the control system are all criteria to be taken into account before buying. To help you find your way around, we've put together a quick FAQ.

How to choose your True Wireless headphones

In-ear or on-ear?

In-ear earbuds  headphones, i.e. headphones that fit into the ear canal, are the most common type of headphones today because they offer better audio quality than other headphone formats, at least if you get a good seal in your ears (you need to choose the right tips). But some people find them intrusive and unpleasant, even unbearable. If this is your case, there are two options: opt for a less intrusive semi-in-ear model (the tip that goes into the ear is shorter) or choose a supra-ear model like the AirPods. 

These headphones do not enter the ears, they remain at the entrance of the ear canal which is less annoying for sensitive people. On the other hand, they offer inferior sound, often lacking bass, and less isolation.

What is the audio signature?

Audio devices, all of them, produce their own sound, with more or less bass, midrange or treble. This is called the audio signature. Some brands, such as Marshall, communicate on this point, and there is a curve on the boxes of their equipment representing their signature, others do not. Don't hesitate to ask about this point by reading tests for example, people listening to classical music will often tend to prefer balanced signatures (not too much bass, nor too much treble) while lovers of rap or electro music will probably prefer earbuds  headphones producing powerful bass.

Which Bluetooth connection?

Initially, True Wireless earbuds  headphones used Bluetooth 4, but this ageing standard did not allow for a reliable connection between the headphones and the audio source and between the headphones themselves. Some manufacturers, such as Jabra and Sennheiser, found a way around this by using not Bluetooth but another technology called NFMI to connect the two earphones together. But the situation has changed with the arrival of Bluetooth 5, which offers better performance on all levels and allows (sometimes) the independent use of any headset. With Bluetooth 4, the right earpiece is said to be the master and the left is said to be the slave, which means that the left cannot be used alone. So go for Bluetooth 5, but be careful, because some models are Bluetooth 5 in name only. Check that they really take advantage of this standard by reading the technical data sheet of the model you are interested in as well as tests or user opinions.

Which headphones should I choose for sports?

True-Wireless earbuds  headphones are particularly suitable for sports because they offer a great deal of freedom of movement, provided they fit snugly in the ears and are sweat-resistant. Make sure you choose earphones that offer a good fit and are at least IPX4 certified, to guarantee a certain level of waterproofing.  

How much battery life can you expect?

The True Wireless headphones have an interesting feature: they can be recharged via their storage case. The case is equipped with a battery that allows you to charge them 2 or 3 times, on average, before you have to recharge it. The headphones themselves generally last between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the model. 

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